What Do CASA Advocates Do ?
If you become a CASA volunteer, the first step will be to complete our 40-hour training program. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be sworn in as an officer of the juvenile court.
You’ll be assigned only one child or family of children, and you’ll spend time getting acquainted through outings and home and school visits several times a month. You also will communicate with the children’s foster parents, teachers, social workers, and doctors. Foster children may experience a great deal of turnover among the adults in their lives, so your consistent presence and support are important. That’s one reason CASA volunteers commit to at least 18 months of service.
As you get to know the children, you’ll understand their needs well enough to make recommendations to the court on their behalf. You’ll have authority to gather information from school, medical, and mental health records as needed. Depending on the dynamics of the case, you can expect to spend 15 to 20 hours a month as a volunteer.
To become a CASA volunteer, you must:
- Have a desire to help children
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be able to relate to people of other cultural backgrounds
- Pass a criminal background check
- Commit to 18 months of service to provide consistency for the children
- Be able to spend 15 to 20 hours per month on a case
Take The Next Steps
- Call (559) 244-6485 to register for an upcoming information session.
- Attend the information session.
- Complete and submit an application and one-page autobiography.
- We will schedule you for an interview. Interviews take about an hour and are scheduled weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- You will be notified whether you are accepted as an advocate.
- Attend advocate training.